Swimming, Absolute Championships: Martinenghi, Ceccon and Scalia at the World Championship

The second day of the Absolute Italian Swimming Championships in Riccione opens with the Flash by Silvia Scalia. The 26-year-old coached by Matteo Giunta he still lowers the Italian record which he had already improved in the heats of the 50 m backstroke. She won in 27”66 and the weather also allowed her qualification for the world championships in Budapest. This is the fifth pass for the Azzurri after those secured by Benedetta Pilato, Arianna Castiglioni, Simona Quadarella and Marco De Tullio on matchday one. After Scalia, men were the protagonists. Young stars love Nicolò Martinenghi, two medals at the Tokyo Olympics, including the individual medal in the 100m breaststroke. And it is precisely in this race that the time obtained by the 22-year-old Varèse is on the Olympic podium: he swims in 58”57 (passing in 27”34), second seasonal world performance, very close to the Italian Record of the Olympic semi-final 58” 28. And of course the world pass, as well as the one obtained from Thomas Cecon: level against the clock, under 53 seconds in the 100m backstroke (52”99 with passage to 25”69), not too far from the record which made him cherish the medal at the individual Olympics on the two won in the relay . Very well Francesca Fangio who dominates the 200m breaststroke in 2’23”60, but a happiness stifled by a barely scratched allotted time. Extremely strict admission schedules chosen by the Federation, which, if obtained, project the athletes towards at least one world final. The others will have to wait for possible repechages according to the technical choices. In some races, however, the winners are not too close to the limit. In the 50 butterfly victories Piero Codia in 23″56 ahead of Lorenzo Gargani (23″68) and Matteo Rivolta (23″88). Podium of all experiences in the women’s 100m butterfly. Wins Elena Di Liddo in 58.70, ahead of Ilaria Bianchi and Silvia Di Pietro, the only three to have swum under 59 seconds, but still far from the time required by the Federation. There are only two athletes able to swim just under two minutes in 200 style, an orphan race by Federica Pellegrini and which highlights a technical vacuum for some years limited only by the performance of the strongest Italian swimmer of all time. But emotional victory for Alice Mizzau, a friend of the divine, present in November in the farewell absolute and winner today in the first absolute without Federica. For her it happened in 1’59”59 ahead of Alice Scarabelli (1.59.93) and Noemi Cesarano. For the three the satisfaction of being rewarded by Pellegrini, not only the defending champion of this race, but the athlete who marked the world history of the 200. In the end, the Center Sportif des Armées with Ballo, Ciampi, Detti and Burdisso won the 4×200 style in 7’10 ” 49 and improves his national club record.

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